Downbeat Keys: The DownBeat Keys are a live band Hip-Hop outfit out of Brooklyn, NY. Fronted by Bostonian MC Simile, a.k.a Sim (Kadahj Bennet), the band's hard grooves and melodic sensibilities have launched DBK to the forefront of the east coast live scene.
Sim’s breezy vocals ride the pulsing rhythms of this classic live band. Sim's technique - melodic, incisive flow polished off with addictive hooks - serves as a high-octane vehicle for engaging social commentary and cool observations of daily life. Sim's brand of socially conscious rap yields more testimony than judgment and is counterbalanced by accounts of fast-life frivolities and escapisms, his way of ducking a dogged fatalistic streak that threatens to unhinge him at any moment.
But should he start to become too detached, Sim is tethered by an earnest line that resonates in songs like "PrettyLittleThing," a chronicle of big romance, 21st century style (via Skype) and "Naive," a farewell jab at the stifling people and places of his past. These grounded themes help pull the listener out to Sim’s sea of surrealist imagery.
And let's not forget that the band is killing it. Equal parts Hip-Hop, Jazz, Rock, and Pop, the band's sound is accessible, funky and driving. "There's something infectious about both the band's sound and its personality," Harris Decker wrote in ASCAP's Playback Magazine in December 2010. These adept musicians have achieved a singular and satisfying sound, one that surges through new sonic territory yet maintains a strong sense of familiarity. With a futuristic vibe touched by hints of retro styling, this band is a welcome respite from the robo-pop inundation.
For a group barely out of their teens, DBK has built an impressive resume. They've shared the stage with artists from Talib Kweli to Matt and Kim to Outasight, and held steady gigs at storied NYC pop clubs The Bitter End, Sullivan Hall and The Knitting Factory; their new album, Summer on Saturn, by far their most melodic effort to date, features writing contributions from the band's friend and mentor Jeff Franzel (N'Sync, The Temptations, Clay Aiken); and they've even found fans in established artists from Andrew W.K. to The Goo Goo Dolls, who once hosted DBK drummer Ryan Calabrese in their Buffalo hotel room.
Check out the DownBeat Keys on iTunes or their website, www.DownBeatKeys.com. These guys are headed up and they're moving fast. And the ride is wild.
Gone By Daylight: Born from pop-punk roots and a Rock n’ Roll spirit, Gone By Daylight incorporates a magnetic voice and pop-rock song writing, brimming with hooks and rock riffs. Influences include (but not limited to) Third Eye Blind, Guns n’ Roses, Blink 182, Tom Petty, and of course, The Beatles.
The band is comprised of born front man and song writer, Eric Paquette (Lead Singer, Guitar); master-thinker and fret shedder, Jeff Lynch (Lead Guitar, Vocals); rhythm-locked to perfection with his drummer brother and two revolvers tattooed across his chest, Jordan King (Bass, Vocals); and the no-bio-can-ever-do-him-or-his-stage-presence-justice, Shaanan King (Drums). The band solidified this line up in January of 2011, and has found management with John O’Leary of JWorks Management. Shortly after, the group inked a Production deal with Universal Publishing and EMI Recording artists, Kurtis John and Michael Nadeau. The team has been on an all-out writing and recording spree, completing upwards of 30+ songs between the producer’s Los Angeles and Connecticut studios.
GBD members have been playing their North East music circuit together for years and have shared the stage with My Chemical Romance, Brett Michaels, Ed Kowalczyk of Live, Lifehouse, Misfits, Starting Line, The Academy Is, in addition to an appearance at Warped Tour and are currently moving their way through the ranks of Bamboozle’s The Break Contest. The band performs consistent shows between New York City and Boston and has recently set up a Saturday night, club residency at the popular touring band stop, Arlene’s Grocery in NYC.
The band will be staring in an upcoming Axe Body Spray commercial filmed in NYC’s legendary Bowery Ballroom and aired in Latin America and Spanish speaking counties, thanks to House Casting and Imperial Woodpecker film company.
Black Wing Halo: Like kids rummaging the finest musical dumpster, Black Wing Halo has mended parts and motors, soldered and stitched, to curate a new musical monster. Based on acoustic roots and rhythms, but driving with a distorted punk force, Black Wing Halo leaves no compact bin unturned. In fact, everything is recycled. Ever-expanding with a love and admiration for noise, soundscapes and distorted vocals, decibel. is their own favorite radio station. It started by adding pedals to an acoustic guitar, and even more to a microphone, which became two microphones, displaying different voices to represent different ideas. Then they added bass. To expand from their acoustic roots, they started playing electric instruments, which led way to a distorted blend of rowdy punk, crunchy electronic, old school laden hip hop, Tom Waitsian carnival, wrapped in a little verse/chorus/verse pop. Black Wing Halo continues to spread to the masses as well, having played SXSW, NXNE, and CMJ, as well as selling out boat cruises, and rocking Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. As of now, Black Wing Halo is putting the finishing touches on their first album with producer Jason Rubal (The Cure, NIN, Dresden Dolls, Killswitch Engage) and can’t wait to put it out there for all to enjoy. True to their aural objective, this album will be unlike anything you have heard before.
Social Hero: Social Hero (est. 1998), a five-piece rock act from New York City, heralds a Renaissance of Rock and Roll.
The story of Social Hero begins with their catalogue of tightly crafted original music, which showcases "a taste for power-pop hooks, crunchy guitars and arty embellishments" (Time Out New York). The band draws influences from a wide range of styles, but the sound of Social Hero is sown mainly from the seeds of classic and modern rock. Fact: Cream and Led Zeppelin had a bastard child of rock that grew up on the early ‘90s alternative explosion - they named it Social Hero.
Together, the gang of five treats every audience to a highly polished, raucously explosive performance. With their new full length album The Famous in hand, the boys are ready give rock'n'roll a firm kick in the ass. Get the lead out!
Breathing Blue: Breathing Blue is a 6 piece rock band from Ocean County, NJ. Formed in 2009, the band released its self-titled, debut EP in June of 2010. The band began and continues doing weekend “mini-tours” and performing in their local New Jersey scene, winning slots at Bamboozle via The Break Contest (2010 Runner Up, 2011 Champions). The band’s hard work and dedication shows in both their musicianship and live performances. Amidst a few line-up changes, the band is currently in the studio recording their second release, and full length debut, entitled “Inner Animal”, scheduled to drop in early 2012.
Deon Blyan: Deon Blyan is different. Depending on the format he chooses to play his songs for you in, he changes. That's a part of the charm, because he can fit to the surroundings of the venue and to the focus of the show he's playing. He's always sure to please. When he plays solo the songs take on a more deliberate and yet patient delivery. His voice rises and falls and focuses on telling you his story. He'll probably ask you questions from the stage, or at least ask you to ask him questions at anytime. Emotion and melody trump everything.
Leaving Eden: Leaving Eden, The New Millenium Sound fronted by an exceptionally passionate female vocalist. Their songs also include heavy rock, pop and acoustic tracks. New Record "Leaving Eden Between Heaven & Hell" Produced by Lengendary Stu Epps (Led zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Beatles,) London, Featuring "Mick James" (Criss Angels Mindfreak).